25/50/75 | AspenTimes.com


Though not as shocking as today’s headlines, Aspen Valley Hospital was in the news in 1979. The Times wrote,

Some of Aspen Valley Hospital’s nurses have been complaining that they don’t make as much as many of Aspen’s maids and waitresses.

Last week, the issue broke in a radio story, in which several nurses were reported to be considering drastic measures to increase their salaries.

Hospital administrator Glenn Scott responded this week to the issue of hospital salaries.

He told the Aspen Times that he is not convinced there is a problem, but that he is analyzing data now to determine whether there is cause for dissatisfaction. …

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The City of Aspen grew a little bit larger this week, picking up 60 adults, about a dozen children, and a little bit of new territory when the city council approved the Midland Park annexation by unanimous vote.

Annexation of the project, which was built last year under the sponsorship of Pitkin County as a moderate-income price-controlled housing, was initiated by residents of the project and came in time for those residents to vote in the coming city elections.

While approving the annexation, however, the council rejected a request by Midland Park residents that they be given retroactive status as city residents since the first of the year in order to qualify for the 1979 food tax rebate.

Aspen’s reputation as a haven for drugs was surely fueled by this report:

A 31-year-old Starwood security guard was arrested on suspicion of selling dangerous drugs after an investigation revealed that at least 10 juveniles were involved in the drug purchases, allegedly from the same source.

The man was arrested while guarding the gate to Starwood, an exclusive residential area outside of Aspen.

As the entire matter snowballed Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Pete Murphy discovered that the guard had allegedly been selling cocaine on numerous occasions to high school students aged 15-17, from December 1978 through March of 1979. …

According to Murphy, a couple of the juveniles told their parents they were afraid they were becoming addicted to cocaine which prompted the parents to call the sheriff.

Now a fixture at the Hickory House, the “bear” that stands above the eatery’s front door has a long history in Aspen. The Times wrote,

An unreported incident which happened over a year ago was finally reported to sheriff’s police and resolved last week, Sheriff Dick Kienast said. Shady Lane used to own a life-size fiberglass bear which resided in Lane’s front lawn.

A year ago the bear disappeared but Lane did not report the matter. Recently someone notice a bear which looked just like Lane’s in Carbondale.

The sheriff’s police were notified, went down to Carbondale and recovered Lane’s bear. The bear has taken up temporary quarters in the Pitkin County Stables awaiting Lane’s return.